In this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy. By Boyd's estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine's response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious "good" purposes of God. Accordingly, modern Christians are inclined not to expect evil and so are baffled but resigned when it occurs. New Testament writers, on the other hand, were inclined to expect evil and fight against it. Modern Christians attempt to intellectually understand evil, whereas New Testament writers grappled with overcoming evil. Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that Satan has been in an age-long (but not eternal) battle against God, and that this conflict "is a major dimension of the ultimate canvas against which everything within the biblical narrative, from creation to the eschaton, is to be painted and therefore understood." No less edifying than it is provocative, God at War will reward the careful attention of scholars, pastors, students and educated laypersons alike.
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Introduction: The Normativity of Evil Within a Warfare WorldviewPart I: The Warfare Worldview of the Old Testament 1. Hearing Zosia: The Problem with the Problem of Evil 2. Locking Up the Raging Sea: The Hostile Environment of the Earth 3. Slaying Leviathan: Cosmic Warfare and the Preservation and Restoration of Creation 4. Judging "the Gods": Yahweh's Conflict with Angelic Beings in the Old Testament 5 Rebuking the Adversary: The Activity and Origin of Satan in the Old TestamentPart II: The Warfare Worldview of the New Testament 6. Tying up the Strong Man: The Kingdom of God as a Warfare Concept 7. War of the Worlds: The Warfare Theme of Jesus' Exorcisms and Miracles 8. Storming the Gates of Hell: Kingdom Conflict in the Teachings of Jesus 9. Christus Victor: The Warfare Significance of Christ's Death and Resurrection 10. Engaging the Powers: The Christian Life as Spiritual Warfare Notes Index Bibliography